College and University

Michigan State’s Nogle used San Diego State degrees in rise to top


Article reposted from The San Diego Union Tribune
Author: Tod Leonard

Sally Nogle was a college student in the Athletic Training Program at San Diego State when she got her first taste of working the sidelines for the Holiday Bowl.

The years were 1980 and ’81, and Nogle was a trainer liaison for BYU for its two thrilling wins — 46-45 over SMU and 38-36 over Washington State. Those games put the Holiday Bowl on the must-watch list for fans.

“It was a cool bowl game,” Nogle said. “When I went on to Michigan State, I thought maybe someday we’d get back there.”

It only took 34 years.

Nogle, a Bay Area native, will finally return to the sidelines of SDCCU Stadium (it was Jack Murphy Stadium back in her time), with Michigan State taking on Washington State on Thursday in the 40th Holiday Bowl.

Nogle began her athletic training career in 1983 with the Spartans and has never left East Lansing, Mich. In 2013, she became the first female in the Big Ten Conference to be the head trainer for the entire athletic program and for football.

Nogle is here this week with her husband, Carlton, who also is a San Diego State grad, and she joked that they’ve walked around in the sunshine and said, “Why did we ever leave?”

She did so to have a career that has distinguished Nogle as one of the top people in her field. She’s won numerous national awards and in 2012 was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

In 2008, Nogle was honored with San Diego State’s Robert J. Moore Distinguished Alumnus Award. It was Moore who began SDSU’s Athletic Training Program in 1968, and he emphasized getting more women into the field.

SDSU’s program has produced more than 1,300 trainers, men and women, in nearly 50 years.

Moore, who died in 2012, was among the first trainers in the country to promote and use Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) — an advanced form of stretching for athletes.

“A brilliant man,” Nogle said. “I got lucky to have been in the program there. When I left, I realized how much of an incredible mentor he was.”

Nogle, who did her undergraduate studies at SDSU in 1975-79 and graduate work from 1980-83, said she also was influenced by Carolyn Greer, a product of SDSU’s training program who became the first female head athletic trainer in Division I when she was hired by the University of San Diego in 1978.

Women now make up about 50 percent of all trainers outside of college athletics, Nogle said, but there are only a handful who are head trainers or lead football trainers in the Power Five conferences.

“In college football, it’s a male-dominated world, and we don’t play football,” Nogle said. “It’s not an easy job, either, in terms of lifestyle and balancing a family, and that comes into play.”

Nogle laughed when asked if a female football trainer can do the same job as a man.

“There’s no reason we can’t,” she said. “If you’re interested in a sport, you can learn by watching it. I just need to learn the movement, and the dynamics of what certain athletes need to do.”

Times have changed in the training world as football faces bigger scrutiny than ever over injuries, and concussions in particular.

“I think we’re better than we were in the past,” Nogle said. “The concussion issue, we understand it better, and we treat the athletes better. That’s important.

“I happen to work for a great coach (Mark Dantonio), who if I say an athlete has a concussion, he doesn’t challenge it. I hope there are a lot of coaches out there who do that, but I think for some athletic trainers it’s harder. Sometimes coaches will put pressure on to get a person back.

“You have to be strong, and it’s stressful. You want to win, too. But you have to do what’s best for the athlete.”

Nogle’s hours haven’t gotten any easier. She still works a ton of them, and probably more than ever, with her dual roles in football and the athletic department.

“It’s stressful at times, but I like it a lot,” Nogle said. “Being the head athletic trainer, you get to establish polices and get the culture of the program where you want it to be. Being able to do that as the head person, that’s part of the fun.”

College and University

Keeping Spartans student-athletes healthy, physically and mentally


Article reposted from WKAR

“The healthcare of our athletes is very important – including their mental health,” says MSU Athletics’ lead trainer Sally Nogle.  “It’s probably the best healthcare they’re ever going to have in their life because we’re readily available.  They can’t stay on the field or on the court or in the pool without their health being there and allowing them to compete.”

“Does it bring balance to their life or does it make them unsettled?” adds MSU professor, researcher and neurologist Dr. David Kaufman.  And he’s a team physician for Spartan Football.  “The mental health aspects of sport need to be put in the forefront more and more.”

Nogle and Kaufman talk with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  They say parents and mentors need to keep close tabs on any changes to young athletes’ physical and mental behavior and be ready to respond accordingly.  If they act abnormally in anyway, they may need to be examined.

“It’s not the old days of a trainer taping an ankle,” adds Hollis.  “You have a responsibility to try to understand all aspects of their health and well-being.”

And Kaufman adds that “the introduction of more science into determinations is one of the things I’ve been most pleased to observe in my six years as a team physician.  And the evolution of neuroscience is one of the most exciting things in front of us.”

President Simon mentions the promising work of Marcos Dantus and Gary Blanchard on a headband that shows the “culture of innovation at MSU where we continue to try to find ways to augment our already strong system.”

Blanchard and Dantus, with MSU’s Department of Chemistry, have invented a headband that records the severity and location of impacts on the head. This inexpensive detector allows coaches, parents and doctors to quickly decide to initiate concussion protocols at sporting events, such as football or soccer.

Nogle likes the low-tech nature of the headband.  She says they aren’t sensors that cost thousands of dollars.  It’s a very affordable item.

“It doesn’t make the diagnosis of concussion,” adds Kaufman.  “But as an extension of the clinical exam, I believe it will be valuable.

“One of the most interesting things about working at a university is that a neurologist and an athletic trainer get in a room with two chemists and something remarkable comes out as a result.”

MSU Today airs Sunday afternoons at 4:00 on AM 870.


Sally Nogle earns Tim Kerin Award


Awarded to one individual each year for outstanding service as an athletic trainer

Add the Tim Kerin Award to the long list of recognition for Michigan State head athletic trainer Sally Nogle.

Nogle received the award, given to one individual each year for outstanding service as an athletic trainer, on Thursday in St. Louis at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s national convention. It has been awarded in the name of Kerin, the late, longtime University of Tennessee trainer, since 1994. Kerin died suddenly from an aortic aneurysm in 1992.

“This is quite a professional honor, especially since I knew Tim Kerin,” Nogle said in a statement. “As a young professional, I looked up to Tim because he had established himself as a leader in this field. He had quite an impact on this profession.”

Also Thursday, MSU associate head athletic trainer Dave Carrier was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. Carrier is entering his 32nd season as the athletic trainer of the MSU hockey team.

Nogle was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2012. She received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2003 and the NATA Service Award in 1998.

Nogle also has received the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame Award. In 2006, she received the Jack Breslin Outstanding Staff Award for Michigan State University.

In 2008, Nogle was honored with the San Diego State University Robert J. Moore Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 2012 she received the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Outstanding Educator Award.

Nogle has been with MSU’s training staff since 1983 and was promoted MSU head athletic trainer and head football athletic trainer in 2013.

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